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Insurance industry debates federal role in disaster coverage

January 13, 2006 Insurance industry representatives are at odds over whether Congress should create a federal backstop for disaster coverage in the wake of billions of dollars in property damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Allstate CEO Edward Liddy today said his company is pushing a House bill that would require state ...

Bureaucracy hinders 9/11 commission recommendations

January 13, 2006 It felt like the end of a traveling show. The players looked tired. A bittersweet air hung about them. For Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the chair and vice chair of the 9/11 commission, Monday, Dec. 5, was the end of a long saga, the day they released their final ...

DHS seeks to outsource identification system

January 10, 2006 The Homeland Security Department is seeking to "completely outsource" a government-wide "smart card" system for verifying the identity of federal workers and contractors. But the plan may run afoul of some lawmakers, privacy advocates and a congressional mandate. "The government is seeking information on the capability to provide outsourcing of ...

Senate homeland security leaders sketch 2006 agenda

January 9, 2006 The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this year could consider significant legislation on the organization and structure of the Homeland Security Department. Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, and ranking Democrat Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut plan to continue their investigation of the government's slow response to Hurricane Katrina. The ...

TSA seeks business plans for frequent flier program

January 6, 2006 The Transportation Security Administration wants companies to submit business models for a nationwide frequent-flier program by the end of the month in order to jumpstart plans for a privately run program. "The goal of the [Registered Traveler] program is to increase the efficiency of the transportation security officers and security ...

Homeland Security seeks proposals for border technology

January 5, 2006 The Homeland Security Department is moving forward with its plans to replace outdated technology along the northern and southern U.S. borders with a suite of highly advanced devices. In a request for information posted Wednesday, the department asked companies for data by next month about "highly mobile detection systems" with ...

Groups differ on countering shoulder-fired missile threat

December 9, 2005 An airline industry representative and Defense Department contractors squared off on Friday over whether the government should protect commercial airplanes against shoulder-fired missiles. Congress has been pressuring the Homeland Security Department since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to install devices on the underbelly of commercial airplanes to protect against ...

FEMA officials: Military delayed Superdome evacuation

December 8, 2005 Military officials delayed an evacuation of Hurricane Katrina victims from the Superdome in New Orleans late last summer, prolonging their stay in squalid conditions for another 24 hours, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official told Congress Thursday. The FEMA official, Philip Parr, who was working out of the Superdome, said ...

Panel proposes wider use of private baggage screeners

December 7, 2005 The House Homeland Security Committee wants airports to opt out of the Transportation Security Administration's aviation screening program as part of an agency reorganization the panel proposed Wednesday. Homeland Security Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lungren, R-Calif., said legislation the committee is introducing would provide airports ...

Congress settles dispute over Snow's Secret Service detail

December 7, 2005 Congress has quietly intervened in an interagency dispute over whether the Treasury Department should reimburse the U.S. Secret Service for protecting Treasury Secretary John Snow -- a clash triggered after Congress transferred the Secret Service from Snow's department to the Homeland Security Department three years ago. Senate lawmakers slipped language ...